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Allahabad

(ăl'əhəbăd`, –bäd`), city (1991 pop. 844,546), Uttar Pradesh state, N central India. On the site of Prayag, an ancient Indo-Aryan holy city, Allahabad is at the junction of two sacred rivers, the Yamuna and the Ganges. The confluence is known as Sangam and is visited by thousands of Hindu pilgrims every 12 years. The oldest monument is a pillar (c.242 B.C.) with inscriptions from the reign of AśokaAśoka
or Ashoka,
d. c.232 B.C., Indian emperor (c.273–c.232 B.C.) of the Maurya dynasty; grandson of Chandragupta. One of the greatest rulers of ancient India, he brought nearly all India, together with Baluchistan and Afghanistan, under one sway for the
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. The city was the scene of much fighting in the Indian MutinyIndian Mutiny,
1857–58, revolt that began with Indian soldiers in the Bengal army of the British East India Company but developed into a widespread uprising against British rule in India. It is also known as the Sepoy Rebellion, sepoys being the native soldiers.
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 (1857). Allahabad was the capital of the United Provinces from 1901 to 1949 and the center of the Indian independence movement. It is a district administrative headquarters and trading center and has an airport and a university. There is also a museum, built on the estate of the Nehru family.

Allahabad

 

a city in northern India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh at the junction of the Ganges and Jumna rivers. Population, 514,000 (1971). It is a transportation junction. Industries include food and tobacco processing, glass production, and production of religious articles. There is a university and a place of worship for Hindu pilgrims. The stone column of Asoka (c. 242 B.C.) and a fort dating from 1583 are located in the city.

The date of Allahabad’s founding is unknown. In ancient India the city was known as Prayag—a name which is used to this day. The name of Allahabad was given to the city by Akbar, who built the fort of Allahabad near Prayag.

Allahabad

a city in N India, in SE Uttar Pradesh at the confluence of the Ganges and Jumna Rivers: Hindu pilgrimage centre. Pop.: 990 298 (2001)
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